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The Problem with GodWhy Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong$
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Peter Steinberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163545

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163545.001.0001

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The Problem with God

The Problem with God

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(p.1) 1 The Problem with God
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The Problem with God
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Peter J. Steinberger

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163545.003.0001

This book offers a philosophical reflection on the existence—and nonexistence—of God. It argues that talking about God is like talking about nothing at all. It starts with the fact that most human beings think about the world in terms of cause and effect. The idea that everything that exists must be caused by something other than itself makes it impossible for us to have the idea of an Unmoved Mover. For if there's an Unmoved Mover—who in this case is God—then the Unmoved Mover exists. But then we have to ask the question: where did God come from? The logic of cause and effect makes it hard to believe in an Unmoved Mover; the question of whether or not God exists literally becomes a non-question. It also gives rise to problems with the idea of having faith in the existence of an Unmoved Mover. Therefore, the book concludes that theism, atheism, and agnosticism must be all dead wrong.

Keywords:   faith, God, cause and effect, Unmoved Mover, theism, atheism, agnosticism, existence

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